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Term 4 - Week 10 - Issue 7 - 18 December 2018
Principal's Report
Season’s greetings  

What an incredibly warm welcome I have had to the Edgewater College community.  I have very much enjoyed working with our students, staff, parents and caregivers in my three terms so far and I am excited about our plans for the year ahead. 

In particular, work will begin on our $2 million dollar upgrade of E Block. This extensive refurbishment will take place during the first two terms of 2019 and will involve the renovation of 12 classrooms into a modern, innovative learning environment, including a number of breakout spaces and two new student deck areas. I know our teaching staff are very much looking forward to moving in and making the most of these new spaces in the year ahead.




I would also like to sincerely thank our Board of Trustees for their support of myself and all students and staff at our school this year. We recently held a strategic planning day where we determined the following five strategic goals for the next three years:
  1. To promote shared leadership for equity and excellence.
  2. To inspire and support a high-quality teaching and learning community.
  3. To ensure all students are supported to be curious, courageous and caring learners through a safe and inclusive environment.
  4. To develop systems and processes that support innovation and change.
  5. To ensure effective stewardship that strengthens our learning community.
In particular, our goals for the 2019 academic year are:
  • To review our vision and values to reflect our school community and its aspirations for our students.
  • To support restorative and culturally responsive practice across our school community.
  • To review our junior curriculum to ensure it supports meaningful learning and future pathways.
  • To formulate an effective e-learning strategy and the infrastructure to support it.
As mentioned previously our current Board’s term will be coming to an end in May next year so we will be looking to appoint a new board to continue on with the outstanding work of our current team. If you are interested in potentially standing for a trustee role further information can be found here https://tinyurl.com/yas6cxzh. We will be in touch in the new year with specific information about putting yourself forward for a role.

You may also have seen in the media recently information about potential changes to how schools are governed. I am cautiously optimistic about the opportunities that these changes suggest, 
certainly they are a genuine attempt to address some of the causes of inequity in our school system.  Further information about the suggestions is available below:
Full report: 
https://tinyurl.com/y7gzzb8d
Summary: https://tinyurl.com/y9mmpwdw

Last week I also had the opportunity to travel to Seattle, USA alongside 12 other Principals to visit Microsoft headquarters and hear about the future of educational technology. Microsoft’s goal is “to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more” and it was great to find out more about future developments to support this vision.  In particular, we learned about the multiple support options for students with specific learning needs and also had the opportunity to participate in a hacking STEM task building a robotic hand.  This was an amazing experience and my sincere thanks go to Microsoft NZ, the Counties Manukau Principal’s Association and Moira Macpherson who stepped up as Acting Principal in my absence.



Week 8 also saw the introduction of our first “Edge Week” in which students across Years 9 and 10 got the chance to participate in a wide range of cross-curricular tasks.  These included developing students’ tikanga understanding and learning our school waiata and haka; completing a mission to Mars and meeting a NASA Astronaut; A variety of Music, Mathematics and PE challenges and games; and a visit to the Auckland Museum. Feedback from students was that this was ‘so much fun’ and a great opportunity to get together across the year level and mix with students beyond their core class. My thanks to Assistant Principal Deborah Wakker, our Heads of Departments and teachers for their great work in supporting this new initiative.
 
We also finished the 2018 school year with a wonderful celebration of excellence at our Junior Prizegiving. This prizegiving concludes with the awarding of the following four special prizes – my congratulations to these students again on their outstanding achievements this year.

The Edgewater College Junior School Prize for Perseverance: Jeniah Sangyum

This prize recognises a student who never gives up. In nominating Jeniah for this award her teachers commented: “Jeniah always puts forward her best effort in everything she does. Even when she finds things difficult she shows grit and determination to succeed to the best of her ability. She never gives up, has a positive attitude and this rubs off on others around her.”  Congratulations Jeniah.

The Sue Johns Award for Service to School: Sapphire Warbrick

Sapphire has had a very busy year. She has been involved in our Kapa Haka Roopu, the school choir EC Voices, played Netball for the Senior Green B team and paddled with the Waka Ama crew.  She took part in the Get2Go
Challenge and was chosen as a tour guide for the College Open Night, welcoming potential new students and their families to our school.  She has also given up her own time to teach Kapa Haka at Sunnyhills School every week for most of this year – a huge commitment that she’s carried out superbly – and also showed great patience in tutoring staff who were trying to learn poi.
I can also personally attest to Sapphire’s outstanding teaching skills in poi – 
tino pai to koe mahi Sapphire, you are a very worthy recipient of this award.

The Edgewater College Junior Proxime Accessit for 2018 is Caleb Wong.

Caleb completed his EC 10 Diploma this year with both Excellence and Distinction endorsements, repeating this performance from EC 9 level. As well as this high performance in EC 10, Caleb has completed 7 assessments at NCEA level 1 this year and earned Excellence for all of them. He shows the potential for continuing these high standards into Year 11 and beyond, and is a worthy recipient of this award. Congratulations Caleb.

The Edgewater College Junior Dux for 2018 is Charis Prins.

Our Junior School Dux award recognises the top achieving academic student in the Junior School.  This student has had an outstanding year in terms of results and achieved the EC 10 Diploma with both Excellence and Distinction, as well as winning subject prizes.  Despite being in Y10, Charis was part of a small group invited to study NCEA L1 Japanese this year and has gained a Merit grade for every assessment in that course. She also gained Excellence grades for other NCEA assessments in Science, Social Studies and Maths, and has tallied up 42 NCEA L1 credits already. At EC 10 level, she gained 102 out of 118 credits at Excellence level – and just in case you were wondering, the other 16 were all at Merit level. Charis has a bright academic future ahead of her, and we are certain this will not be her last ever appearance on the prize stage. A student truly deserving recognition as 2018’s Junior School Top Academic.

 

With kindest regards and wishing you all a safe and enjoyable holiday season.
Louise Addison
Year 10 Physical Education
Edgewater College was lucky enough to receive some funding from the Asia New Zealand Foundation to run some Japanese events for our Year 10 students.  We had the Howick Judo Club come along for the day and take all the Year 10 classes through some basic falls and throws.  Apparently, it’s important to learn how to fall before you learn how to throw each other around the mats
Student Achievement
Congratulations to the following students:

Dux 2018 - Emma Sio
Proxime 2018 - Julius Tolentino

Junior Dux 2018 - Charis Prins
Junior 
Proxime
2018 - Caleb Wong
AMETI Eastern busway
Construction on the AMETI Eastern busway is scheduled to begin in March/April 2019. This new transformational transport project will provide better public transport connections, faster journey times, more travel choices and improved safety.
During construction, there will be some disruption to major routes – particularly during morning and afternoon peak traffic times, around Lagoon Drive and the Panmure end of Pakuranga Road.

Plan a better journey through the construction: 
AT.govt.nz/
travelplaneast

Have a safe and happy summer holiday!

The
AMETI team
Starting 2019
Tuesday 29 January 2019
Year 9 students assemble in the Hall at 9.00am
Year 13 students assemble in the Gym at 9.00am


Wednesday 30 January 2019
Year 9 students start at 9.15am in Mentor rooms
Year 10 students assemble in the small Gym at 9.00am
Year 11 students assemble in the big Gym at 9.00am
Year 12 students assemble in the Hall at 9.00am
Year 13 students go on Camp - those students who do not
attend camp go to their scheduled class.


Thursday 31 January 2019
Year 9 to 13 students start at 9.00am in Mentor rooms

Friday 1 February 2019
The normal timetable is followed
School Uniform
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Below are our school Uniform Expectations
Edgewater College Calendar
 
Term Dates 2019

Term 1
Tuesday 29 January - Friday 12 April

Term 2
Monday 29 April - Friday 5 July

Term 3
Monday 22 July - Friday 27 July

Term 4
Monday 14 October - Thursday 5 December
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